Is Jennifer Hudson the Newest ‘American Idol’ Judge?

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Move over Mariah Carey, there’s a new diva taking over American Idol. Oscar-winning singer, and Idol alum, Jennifer Hudson is the newest star to join the newly vacant judging panel.

E! Online reports that Hudson has signed a deal to sit at the prestigious judges table this fall for Season 13. Hudson is just one of three Idol alums that Fox is hoping will fill next year’s judicial chairs. Sources close to the site say that Season 1 victor Kelly Clarkson is negotiating a deal for the 2014 season, and the third seat is reserved for either Clay Aiken or Adam Lambert.

After the lowest rated season finale in American Idol history, Fox is hoping that fan-favorite contestants-turned-judges will be enough to spark viewers to tune back in. With the success of The X Factor and The Voice, Idol has lost roughly 10 million viewers in the past two years. reached out to Fox, but the network responded with a simple “no comment” regarding Hudson’s status as a judge. Reminisce with us and take a look at Hudson’s American Idol audition below.

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Reporter Leanne Aguilera was raised in a small Orange County town, across the street from Disneyland, Lauren Conrad, and the entire cast of “The O.C.” (She and Mischa Barton are no longer on speaking terms.) In lieu of dating, she perfected the art of obsessing over TV couples, more commonly known as “shipping.” After graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Broadcast Journalism, Leanne decided to uncover one of life’s greatest mysteries: What’s coming up on your favorite TV show?